Luxury Guest House Accommodation on the West Coast

Set on the banks of the Berg River in Velddrif, the Riverhouse offers luxury West Coast accommodation for up to eight guests.

Velddrif, which started off as a small fishing community, is a popular destination for family holidays, fishing trips, water sport events and much more.

Just off the Riverhouse’s veranda, you’ll find the Laaiplek slipway, where locals launch their fishing boats and often return from sea with hulls filled to brim with the day’s catch.

The West Coast also offers visitors and locals alike some exciting activities.

A few that come to mind include sea and river fishing, seeing the beautifully colourful flowers in the Darling area, scenic drives and walks to West Coast destinations such as Yzerfontein, Langebaan and Saldanha, horseback beach-rides, and much more.

The Berg River Canoe Marathon ends only a few hundred meters from your Port Owen accommodation. 

What’s more, with prior arrangement you can even dock your yacht right in front of the house!

Guest House

The guest house can accommodate up to eight guests, making it perfect for family vacations, or weekends away with a group of friends.

Besides the ample sleeping space, this self-catering guest house features two large braais and a comfortable living area that opens up onto a veranda.


Velddrif is a small town on the West Coast of South Africa, about 2km from the Berg River mouth. Originally an agricultural area, today Velddrif is often used as a name for a much larger area, including the small town of Laaiplek and the riverside development of Port Owen.

These towns have become popular destinations for holiday travellers over the years, because of the mixture of friendly hospitality, rich fynbos and wild flowers, a wide and tranquil river, and of course the vast beaches of the West Coast.

The Riverhouse is situated right at the border between Port Owen and Laaiplek, on the Port Owen side.

Canoeing on the Berg River

Location: Berg River in front of The Riverhouse

The Berg River is a great area for rowing in a canoe or kayak. From The Riverhouse, it is only a short row to Port Owen and it is even possible to row up to Velddrif, where one can enjoy lunch or drinks at one of the popular river-side restaurants and pubs. Canoeing is best done in the early morning, before the sun gets too hot and the fishing traffic on the water starts picking up, not that the traffic ever gets too much.

Wild Flower Viewing

Location: Western Cape all the way to the Northern Cape

During the Western-Cape’s lively spring months, the veld around Velddrif and the surrounding areas sprouts hundreds of different wild flower species. Most often these flowers form multicoloured carpets that cover entire fields as far as the eye can see. This kind of outing is highly dependant on weather and seasonal conditions, and it is always best to explore a wide region, so as to see a wider variety of flowers.

Berg River Fishing

Location: Berg River in front of The Riverhouse

The rich fishing waters of the Berg River and the West Coast is what caused early settlers to found Velddrif. The fishing community soon turned fishing into a thriving industry, with many fishing trawlers coming in from the sea to dock in the Berg River at Laaiplek. Because Port Owen is near the mouth of the Berg River, Velddrif locals often launch their fishing boats here to go out to sea.

Fishing from one of the jetties right in front of The Riverhouse is usually extremely rewarding, because of the abundance of shad (also called elf) in the Berg River mouth.

Kite Surfing

Location: Along the Berg River

The South Westerly is ideal for kite-surfing and sailing. Young adventure seeking kite surfers are often seen making their way up the Berg River.

Velddrif is a rare spot which offers amazing flat water conditions. It’s at a river mouth therefore it’s made up of pretty wide canals where freestyle and old school riders will have a blast.

In this part of the country the southeaster wind also blows strongly throughout the high season.

Veldrif is only suited for intermediate and advanced riders.

Bird Watching

Location: Bird watchers house in Velddrif

You will find migratory birds in summer like Whimbrel, Curlew and Sandpiper who migrate from their breeding places in Greenland and Siberia to escape the icy northern winters.

Resident Birds: Watch weed eating birds like ducks, geese and Red-knobbed Coots, Fisheagles, Herons, Cormorants and may be a Kingfisher catch fish!

You will find this bird watchers house in Velddrif next to the road to Piketberg. Free parking and entrance

A&M Fishing Charters

Location: A&M Fishing Charters

A&M Fishing Charters, is a much needed activity for guests at Riverhouse! Without hassles of towing your boat all the way to Velddrif, you can now still have the best of both worlds. A&M Fishing Charters, will take you for fishing inland on the Berg River, Deep Sea Fishing or even Whale Watching.
You can obtain a fishing license at our local Post Office.

For more info: contact Andry or Marie directly on 071 550 8491 / 076 197 2869 or E-mail

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